Despite the ease with which somebody can get a camera and begin to shoot, it has never been harder to get a foothold in the camera department in the professional screen industry, particularly for women and minorities. Film school graduates are often left wondering ‘where to next?’ as they struggle to get into the freelance industry.
The NZCS Camera Pathways has been set up to provide the answer. The program helps launch the careers of the best new camera talent, whatever their gender or ethnic background.
The Camera Pathways program is just one way that NZCS fulfils its aim of fostering and strengthening cinematography in New Zealand, and over time will rebalance the mix of gender and ethnic backgrounds of our image makers. It is part of a wider program NZCS is developing to offer profession development to camera people through their career.
What you see today of Camera Pathways program grew out of the pilot programme started by Kevin Riley in 2015 and we are grateful to him for the extraordinary work he has put into developing the concept.